Shelli has been doing art since her childhood in Detroit, Michigan. She attended the Univiversity of Michigan and Wayne State Univiversity, where she earned her Education. Shelli taught inner-city Art , K – 12, for 10 years. She was also exhibiting and selling her work.

Relocating to NYC in 1971, she worked as a Textile Designer, owned a snakeskin accessories company, received NYFA funding for “The Quilting Project” at PS 87, taught for non-profit Arts Organizations in NY and NJ area, established Art Zone Decorative Painting Company, which has served the tri state area for 25 years.

Presently Shelli is painting full time, as she has been awarded scholarships from the Art Students League of NY, and the National Academy School. A residency at the Vermont Studio Center moved her work forward, and was followed by a solo show in New York, and a two person show at River Winds Gallery in Beacon, New York. Recently awarded an Honorable Mention in the “Portraits”show, and First Place in the NAL Members Show. Shelli teaches Pastel at Cumberland, Great Neck, the National Art League in Douglaston, and the Newark Museum. Her popular “Flower Power” Workshops have been held for 8 years.